Astrology is far less about zodiac signs than about planetary cycles, the most obvious being the year that it takes planet Earth to orbit the Sun; hence birthdays, Sun signs and columns like this one!
The cycle now gripping western astrologers is that of Saturn-Pluto; the two planets meet only every 30-odd years (it varies) and their encounters, as last month’s forecast explained, have an unhappy history. Under this conjunction, might is right and damn the consequences. Although the two planets’ next meeting is in January 202), this summer feels like a dress rehearsal – war with Iran might come in handy during the US’s election year – since Capricorn (where Saturn and Pluto reside) and Cancer (opposite) are in the midst of an eclipse cycle that finishes in twelve months’ time.
You will have to be somewhere near South America to witness the total solar eclipse of July 2, but the partially eclipsed full Moon on July 16 will be visible in European latitudes.
Another planetary cycle, one familiar in the mainstream these days, is Mercury Retrograde, which arrives thrice, sometimes four times a year, for three weeks each time, As the media understand, its meaning is essentially SNAFU; what can go wrong will go wrong. It’s an annoyance rather than a hefty deal, but worthy of attention. Mercury turns retro on July 8 and forwards on August 1.
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You need to have all your senses, including intuition, working at full pitch this month. The good news is that with Venus in your skies between the 4th and 27th, extravagant birthday parties, delicious sweetmeats, a fresh frock or three, perhaps even some billing and cooing over the garden gate – all such Venusian delights are on offer.
You might as well slow down and smell the flowers since with Mercury retrograde until early in August, your patience is there to be tested. Pay attention to details, fix busted apparatus.
The bigger picture looms big. You likely have no option but to think long term, whether that’s occasioned by job, money, housing, parents, or by a more personal desire to bust loose and start anew. You face a series of heavy transits just now – Saturn and Pluto in opposition, a pair of eclipses to go with them this month, and more eclipses on the way over new year. You don’t have to quake at the thought of a shake-up, but don’t let difficult circumstances turn it into a shake-down. Gather your resources.
The total eclipse of the Sun on July 2 is certainly a game changer if that’s your birthday. The full Moon opposite you on July 16 calls, as ever, for a touch of calmness amid the mayhem, and with a partial eclipse of Luna thrown in, your personal life may resemble an airport transit lounge, full of arrivals and departures.
Mercury creeping back into your skies from July 19 may also herald re-arrivals, whether of a person or an offer/deal, from late June. Be alert. Happy Birthday.
A pool of Crabs: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Princes Diana, Prince William, Tom Cruise, Debbie Harry, Frida Kahlo, Lionel Messi, Julian Assange, Angela Merkel, Sandra Oh, Benedict Cumberpatch.
Tigger Time arrives early this year, thanks to warrior Mars’ moving into the Lion’s skies on July 2 (until August 20). Mars represents high energy but something of a rush of blood to the head, so while you are out there asserting your cause (as you must), beware of using too much force. Tiggers should be smiling, not snarling. Fortunately, Mars makes some highly agreeable aspects along the way – notably with Jupiter on July 26, a moment for a killer performance from you.
By then, of course, your birthday season has arrived ((from the 23rd), and with your Sun ruler in your skies, you have every right to expect the world to fall at your feet – you are a monarch after all. The arrival of Venus on July 28 should feed the adulation, boost the birthday parties, and help the singletons among you to charm the lucky lover of your choice.
Happily, the month’s most challenging aspects – those eclipses for a start – fall obliquely in your ‘scope. Rest as well as play. The full Moon of the 16th is opposite you over the next couple of days, when Tiggerishness may not get an enthusiastic response from significant others. A retrograde Mercury looks more problematical – the messenger planet rewinds from the Lion’s skies into those of Cancer at mid-month and won’t be back until mid-August, so some decisions (and other’s promises) may need to be put on hold. Otherwise, enjoy.
A retrograde of Mercury irks some signs more than others; yours for example, the messenger planet being your ruler. Best plan for an interruption to your orderly plans from August 8 and prepare to slow down a little. Developments for many Virgos this month promise to be out of the ordinary and deserve careful consideration.
August birthdays, for example, are still handling planet Prometheus, now well established in fellow earth sign Taurus in the zone of far shores and earnest enquiry/learning. This is a planet that turns situations on their head, not least where work is concerned, meaning a change of job (chosen or imposed), the sudden urgency of a new project, or even a relocation. Fortunately, Virgos do not fear change. You are nothing if not pragmatic.
The eclipses rocking your friendship/romantic axis have more general application. A solar eclipse in your fifth solar house and a lunar eclipse in your eleventh both suggest a change of affection, even a departure from your world. Affairs of the heart look under choppy weather, though with Venus nicely in the mix from August 4, your network of chums and fellow travellers is supportive. ‘Peace and love’ is the badge to wear. You can get waspish and critical next month, when Mars shows up in your skies.
As ever, the season of Leo (from August 22) signals an energy drop, a month to prepare for your own season in the Sun when you will be juggling with all nine balls. Recharge.
Spectacular though it is, a solar eclipse at the peak of your ‘scope, the place where you forge your destiny, is unlikely to signal an overnight chance in your career circumstances. Taken in tandem with eclipses six months ago and six months ahead, it does look as if you are recasting your fortune (or having it recast for you). Doubtless you have been working on it.
While July is not without its challenges, the presence of your ruler, Venus, in the Cancer-Capricorn face-off allows you to apply Libran charm to career situations, along with some image-tweaking. See and be seen, dress up for the office – especially over the 8th and 9th and expect certain individuals in your work nexus to change decisions under the Mercury retrograde in operation after the 8th.
Not everyone is going to turn flaky. Mars coursing through Leo all month is fire for your air, decent company for a sign that appreciates it. Who rather than what you know gets more important as July progresses. Sun, Venus and Mars in Leo by the last week of the month all favour collective action, with you, perhaps, at the helm of a committee or two. The same trio set you up for an uproarious August.
Romance is not absent from these stars but Saturn continues to put long-term partnerships under duress, and July’s eclipses are part of the process. Those of you in indecision may find fate given you a shove.
To repeat a line from last month, with planets occupying the zodiac’s other two water signs, you should be able to conjure up a special summer. The eclipses that are so affecting other signs of the zodiac present less of a challenge than an opportunity to overhaul your communications systems, everything from pushbike to smartphone. Mercury is retrograde from the 8th and will nudging any gremlins in the machinery.
That said, alignments of Sun, Venus and Neptune – precise on the 11th and 18th – are about charming encounters, whether in the local coffee shop or a beach in Bali. If you are a creative type, inspiration should be on tap.
A fiercer current in July’s starscape comes from your Mars ruler, which spends all month in your career and destiny zone, to be joined by the Sun after the 23rd and Venus from the 28th. Tussles with some hothead at work re one possible manifestation (and it’s invariably a mistake to tangle with a Scorpio), though a simpler outcome is some jolly hard work to maintain your place on the corporation totem pole. Here, August allows resolution to any problems; meantime you may be fire-fighting, as the phrase goes.
More drastic may be events for October birthdays; as your astrologer has repeatedly pointed out, planet Prometheus in opposition is no respecter of the status quo, be it professional or ultra-personal. If you are making the decisions (rather than having them made for you), be bold.
Adventure calls – if you can afford it. A pair of eclipses across your financial axis doesn’t necessarily mean your accounts are about to get emptied by unscrupulous types, but a review of how you pay for what (and who shares the expenses) is likely in order – after all Mercury the organiser is retrograde in this area from mid-month.
The grand news is that warrior Mars moves into Leo – fiery, like The Centaur – from August 2, a six week stay during which the red planet is joined by the Sun from the 22nd. Identify a couple of quests – anything from recovering the holy grail to taking a trip out of town (or, better still, out the country) – and pursue it with the vigour for which you sign is celebrated. If the quest is internalised – a reckoning with self – that also works. Either way, you look on a learning curve
The accommodating planets in Leo catch up with Jupiter in your own skies late in July and in mid-August. Jupiter, your governor, is currently retrograde but still forceful in your affairs, and its re-awakening to forward motion lies but a few weeks down the highway, a better time, given Mercury’s retrograde and July’s eclipses, for big decisions. Not least among those is where and how you live; with Neptune at the root of your ‘scope that may be an ongoing mystery.
Caution and security are givens for Capricorns, a sine qua non which puts other considerations in the shade. After all, when the more wayward members of the zodiac come a cropper, it’s a Goat they turn to for funds and shelter.
With ruler Saturn in your skies for the next 18 months (although you get a spring break) that goes double – which does not mean being business as usual. Au contraire, Saturn often demands wholesale change, and with eclipses rocking the Cancer-Capricorn axis this month and again over new year, a fresh outlook is in order. Be prepared for a shift in circumstance. Birthdays especially affected by the solar eclipse of July 2 are circa January 1st, while those precisely touched by the eclipsed full Moon of July 16 are January 14 birthdays, though all of you can expect the usual full Moon madness to rage.
With the Sun in opposition until the 22nd, you are somewhat on the back foot in any case, with energy levels needing to be nursed. A retrograde Mercury in opposition is a recipe for other people changing their mind, though it also allows missed opportunities to come back into consideration.
Since July’s eclipses are across your partnership axis, a long-term relationship may appear under threat, or you may realise that it is no longer fit for purpose. Yet romance remains under odd stars. Venus in opposition from July 3 allows you to bury the hatchet (not just with your main squeeze) and promises attractive candidates for those in the dating game.
Oddest of all is planet Prometheus in your fifth house of romance and recreation; currently strong for birthdays December 21-28. Dynamic people and bolt-from-the blue ideas arrive under this transit; stay tuned.
Where one-on-one relationships are concerned – and we are talking every shade from friend to lover to ex to sworn enemy, anyone who for better or worse feels inescapable – your horoscope is playing bad cop/good cop with you. For starters there is six weeks of Mars in opposition (from August 2). The warrior planet is always adversarial even if it is not representing an enemy; cue tetchy friends and partners in fiery mood, or, perhaps, support from brothers and sisters in arms. Or even if you know any actual Leos, cut them some slack. The days around the 7th look particularly ripe for a spat.
The arrival of Venus in opposition on July 28 is a good cop, eager for you make peace and setting romantic prospects right in front of you. The Sun’s arrival ton July 22 represents a strict cop, not hostile but putting you on the back foot, not least where your energy levels are concerned.
The eclipses that are animating other signs feature less prominently in the Urn Bearer’s ‘scope, though a new chapter in your health regime may arrive. The full Moon of the 16th (partially eclipsed) moves onto your skies from late on the 17th for two and a half days when you get the rub of the green. Find the limelight.
Finally one returns to planet Prometheus, now lodged in Taurus for the first time in 84 years. Taurus is a ‘Fixed’ sign – like Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – ie steadfast, stubborn and all points between. Prometheus is the opposite, all up for the shock of the new. Challenging people and challenging ideas are currently in the air, some of them even with job offers in their hands; if you can ally new tech with your humanitarian side (the Urn Bearer pours for all), you’re in business.
Work and play apparently. Indeed, the border between the two looks thin during July. The criss-cross of currents between Saturn in workaday Capricorn and the Sun and Venus in harmonious (for you) Cancer means you will be sucking both ends of the lollipop.
Though little is simple this month – which we’ll come to – the Sun and Venus in your fifth solar house is a classic recipe for summertime jollies, with the 11th and 18th highlighted as the pair engage in a mighty Mwaa with Neptune in your own skies. If you’re in the dating game, you look in luck. The solar eclipse on the 2nd signals a fresh start in affairs of the heart – a friend or lover may do a vanishing act, or you may discover one relationship is a burn-out.
Since Saturn comes mixed with these delightful transits, so is work. Here it is not so much what you know as who you know. The partially eclipsed full Moon you can witness on the 16th is next to Saturn in your ‘scope’s zone of networking and fellow travellers, a cue to hang out at the water cooler and catch up on gossip and leads. Mercury spends the month (from the 8th) in retrograde, hence a project from last month may come creeping back into consideration.
With Saturn retrograding over the summer, it’s hard to force issues, but persistence is required so you can enter autumn poised for the new term, so to speak.
Talking of what you know, the maverick planet Prometheus is in the mix and eager to embrace fresh skill sets – ecotech fits the bill. Think back 14 years to when said planet was busy teaching you new tricks.
There is what you must do and what you can do. The ‘must do’ imperatives are represented by July’s two eclipses, a solar eclipse at the root of your ‘scope and a lunar eclipse at its peak. The pair are mixed up with Saturn, the taskmaster planet, which was at its most forceful around your birthday, and if you didn’t make a breakthrough in your career or domestic arrangements (including partnerships) back then, you get another shot at the big time this autumn.
The eclipses are a reminder of your mission rather than immediate call to action – Saturn likes long term steady effort. Make sure you are on track for an exceptionally demanding (if rewarding) autumn and winter. It’s hard to nail down too many arrangements in any case, Mercury entering one of its uncooperative retrogrades for three weeks come the 8th.
The Ram’s ruler Mars in fiery Leo is very much a ‘can do’ signal, however. In short, this is about showing off, be it reminding people of your sporting prowess, creative genius, your spontaneity and relish for life. If you like to play Mr/Ms Lover then July and August are your moment, the charming, playful mood/ unbearably arrogant phase (delete as appropriate) doubling up once the Sun arrive in the Lion in the last week of the month.
Consider the changes you promised you’d make in your new year’s resolution, and/or at your birthday…how are they progressing? Prometheus, planet of change (revolution even) and liberation has put the bite on many Taureans this year, certainly April birthdays, signalling that the same-old same old just won’t cut it …unless its personally fulfilling.
Said planet is strong in the astrological mix in July and August, favouring unexpected encounters with fascinating newcomers, a shake-up in your well-groomed image, or a new interest or job. Relax your iron grip on reality and take a few risks.
Planets in earth and water signs also work on your behalf; the Sun and ruler Venus in Cancer, Saturn in Capricorn, even mysterioso Neptune in Pisces. All concern your network of simpatico individuals and chums, and the trade-offs they offer. A pair of eclipses ask for some circumspection when shaking on a deal, and any glitches in your communications infrastructure (ie phones and tech) are likely to be found out during a tricky retrograde of Mercury (July-8 August 1). If you have international involvements, these come to prominence at the eclipsed full Moon on July 16.
The only jarring note comes from Mars – the warrior planet is squaring your Sun until mid-August, signalling a noisy time in Taurus Towers, hopefully meaning a builder-led upgrade of your delightful home rather than a ding-dong or three with a hot-headed flat mate or spouse. Don’t get drawn in – you have more pressing matters on your agenda.
The first three days of July see Venus complete its all too brief transit of your skies; snatch a little more enchantment while it’s there, especially if your birthday is June 17-20.
Thereafter the green planet joins the Sun in the cash zone of your ‘scope, and since this is being rocked by a pair of eclipses this month (new Moon July 2, full Moon July 16), a refocus on your financial situation is in order, not just to check your account hasn’t been ransacked (an eclipse is often a vanishing act) , but to institute a new regime in fiscal affairs.
Saturn is next to that full Moon, so a sustainable plan is what you after (say for 18 months), with special consideration of who pays for what in the equation between you and your spouse, partner or ex. You may have to scrap for a just settlement (oh, the alimony). Retrograde Mercury in this same zone implies no quick fix but lots of negotiation.
Your social life isn’t about to disappear. Mars in Leo all month, joined by the Sun and Venus on July 22, revs up the interaction with folks in the ‘hood, proud siblings and general show-offs. This is fire for your air. Actual Leos aren’t everyone’s draught of tonic but for you, this summer, give any you encounter lots of goodwill. And flattery of course.
Conservative Party November 2, 1867 with 18 degrees Capricorn Ascendant
As a Gemini sage once put it, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and you don’t need an astrologer to tell you midsummer ‘19 will be a hotspot in modern British history. Best make that world history, since the provocative array of planets this month is part of a planetary cycle – that of Saturn-Pluto – with a troubling reputation. The last two meetings of the pair arrived in 1947 (partition of India, foundation of Israel) and 1981 (Iran-Iraq war, austerity), while their opposition in 2001 coincided with the 9/11 attack on New York’s Twin Towers (Saturn was in Gemini).
Saturn and Pluto meet again in six months’ time in Capricorn, but both planets are meanwhile in for a battering from opposing planets in Cancer; this month Mars, next month a total eclipse of the Sun at the new Moon of 2 July. This looks very much a seed moment – or a dress rehearsal – for what’s in store at peak Capricorn in 2020.
The horoscopes of both Britain and the Conservative party have strong placements in Capricorn, sign of the establishment. The ding-dong among the Tories chimes precisely with Saturn-Pluto sweeping over their Ascendant (b. November 2, 1867 with 18 degrees Capricorn Ascendant); cue uproar and possible disintegration. When Saturn was here in 1990, Margaret Thatcher was ousted as leader and PM; this time it’s Theresa May who’s been thrown under the bus.
The battle for succession promises to be long and brutal. Mars is in opposition throughout June (from Cancer) – Gustav Holst’s Mars, Bringer of War makes an ideal soundtrack – while Mercury retrograde in Cancer in July means this bout will go the full fifteen rounds, with unexpected reversals and spoilt ballot papers along the way.
Back to June, which has plenty of light and joy to offer away from the clashes of Mars and Saturn (June 13) and Mars opposite Pluto (June 19). It’s the season of playful Gemini; the Sun, a new Moon (June 3) and Venus are all in the sign of the Twins. Party on! The full Moon of June 17, alongside Jupiter in swashbuckling Sagittarius, looks a wild one.
The midsummer solstice on June 21 presages more serious drama, with the solar eclipse of July 2 forthcoming. More details next month. The solstice also means there’s only 182 shopping days until Christmas.
A handful of Geminis: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Alastair Campbell, Bob Dylan, Johnny Depp, Naomi Campbell, Helena Bonham-Carter, Stevie Nicks, Venus Williams, Nicole Kidman, Angela Jolie, Annette Benning.
The capacity for endless fascination – default mode for most Twins – is well served by June’s stars. Contretemps between you and your better half/ex/sworn foe should be on the wane, now that Mars has moved on. The new Moon of June 3 (Bingo! if that’s your birthday) gives you lift-off, and with fair Venus in your skies from June 9 to the month’s end, spring is in the air, songbirds canoodle and you can pick your way between clothes sales, parties (including your own!), art galleries and piquant social encounters. The full Moon of the 17th is a time to let loose your inner Centaur.
There’s no great price to be paid for your pleasure, other than an awareness that joys can be fleeting, and, since Neptune is involved, events and people may lead you up the garden path and into the fairy grotto to try to sell you a unicorn. Especially around the solstice. On the other hand, with Neptune strong in your career mid-heaven, new professional interests bloom and you can glam up your public image.
The planets looming across your financial axis are not much fun (Mars, Saturn, Pluto), but a combative approach to your financial situation (including tussles with The Man) is to be commended. Happy Birthday.
The further you go into June and July, the more curious and eventful things become. On a minor level that involves Mercury, in your skies until June 27, only for the communications planet to return here in the latter half of July, during its retrograde. Time to spruce up your tech and buy your new phone and suchlike before the solstice.
There are louder drums beating during the next two months. After eighteen months of Saturn in opposition almost all of you have had to swallow some stony realities, be they financial, property-based, care of the elderly or care of your own well-being. Saturn’s retrograde means there are no immediate fresh difficulties afoot and you have the summer to sort out those you have encountered. However, Mars in your skies will oppose both Saturn and Pluto at mid-month to nudge you along. Mars’ energy is high burn; good for getting jobs done and grooming your beach body, but liable to flushes of anger. Careful with any disputes; you want justice not revenge.
Once the mighty Sun reaches The Crab at solstice, you are, of course, empowered, imminent solar eclipse notwithstanding, June birthdays may be receiving support from an unexpected source, or via the ‘green wave’ that has accompanied Uranus’ arrival in Taurus. Either way, non-orthodox thinking and personalities are in favour.
July’s birthdays are a different story, one to explore next month, but those circa July 17 have Neptune on full beam this month, a cue for hopeless infatuation but a touch of glamour to go with it. At the risk of being misled, ride your luck.
The storms that rock June’s astrology in mid-month lie thankfully behind the scenes in your horoscope (though if you have planets in Cancer you may find otherwise). In your solar ‘scope the sign of the Crab represents the inner life, the secrets you keep, the regrets and karma you may have gathered along the way, it’s retreat and regeneration.
Putting time aside for the mind-body-spirit axis is time well spent, not least because Mars roars into your skies early in July, and you will be busy doing what you are best at; being regal. Mars, remember, is most concerned with the ‘body’ part of the MBS axis.
Happily, the public realm is also under obliging stars. The season of Gemini – air for your fire – strengthens your involvement in team pursuits; collectives, committees, conferences and general networking. A new Moon there on June 3 is followed by Venus on June 9, which should help you charm your fellow travellers. The first you will likely see of that new Moon is over the weekend of June 8, when Luna is in your skies. A moment.
The full Moon of the 17th is also a swell deal for Leo, being in fiery Sagittarius and next to Jupiter, the planet that is meant to be boosting your love life and lucky wins; here’s an opportune moment to test that theory.
The fly in the ointment is Mercury, which reaches Leo in the last few days of June, only to turn retrograde early in July, heralding interesting news for July birthdays. Decisions and deals are best done before the solstice, before Mercury starts acting funny.
The astrological weather in June manages to pack all four seasons into a month. Venus in earthy Taurus until the 9th is the essence of spring, while the Sun overhead in Gemini, along with Venus from June 9, proffers you public profile and a touch of canniness concerning whom you get to shake hands with.
Mars in Cancer is also about summer. The red planet in your networking zone makes for a busy, if occasionally fractious social life – a work hard play hard scenario. The problems arise when Mars opposes wintry Saturn in Capricorn at mid-month, shaking up your more personal life. Relations with a friend, acquaintance or lover may become strained, or you may find yourself in crossfire between a lover and an acquaintance. A summer storm.
The Sun’s arrival at Cancer at midsummer brings a more genial tone. Business is best done well before the end of the month, before your ruler Mercury goes into one of its three week retreat cycles (the actual retrograde stars July 8).
Opposite you remains Neptune, which draws to an apparent halt at the solstice. Much has been written about the distant planet’s powers of beguilement and obfuscation (see last month’s forecasts for example); do ensure that unworthy people are not taking advantage of your sense of duty.
Two contrary currents run through June’s stars. Here is the season of airy Gemini to delight you with novelties, fresh ideas for the imagination and fresh personalities for the social whirl. Ruler Venus is there from the 9th to make the introductions, and the lunation that begins on June reaches Libra’s skies over the 11th/12th – see and be seen.
On the other side of your Scales is the brouhaha building in the sign of Cancer, at the peak of your ‘scope, the place of career path. Mars here is no great shakes in itself but the red planet’s oppositions to Saturn and Pluto, down at the root of your chart, the place of home and security, raise the stakes. Together with next month’s eclipses, they are part of Saturn’s transformative process, one that reaches culmination in 2020.
You can be sure that plenty of work is involved, some of it on yourself, some in the public arena, and you may be obliged to go the extra mile this summer to keep your project(s) on course. Keep your eye on the prize.
Partnerships, naturally, are one place where Saturn may lean on you. Here you might refer back to what was going on seven years ago, when Saturn was in your skies and Prometheus in opposition. The ‘Seven Year Itch’ is more than just a film title. Prometheus is now in Taurus, for you a zone where money and partnerships meet; a drastic change in who funds what could well be on the cards.
As the zodiac’s two other water signs, Pisces and Cancer, are lit up in June and July, you should be able to conjure up a special summer. You have a potentially entrancing opening week, with Venus opposite you and Neptune glowing from your house of romance. Be among people.
There are drawbacks of course! Neptune lends the picture enchantment but illusion – rather like A Midsummer Night’s Dream (don’t be the fool with the donkey head). Your Scorpio instincts are called for.
Your ruler Mars is at war with Saturn this month, and while your sign is not directly in firing line, you might find yourself mixed up in a falling out between siblings or friends. Or you could find yourself in an ideological dispute, a social media fracas or an uproar in academia – something of an information storm seems to be raging around the 17th. The ‘good’ side of Mars is the encouragement to explore the world of ideas and to nail down where justice lies in any dispute, a strand that continues in eclipse-laden July.
October birthdays are still being stared down by planet Prometheus, in opposition from Taurus. The planet of revolution is full of surprise, but when the light bulb goes on over one’s head, or a bolt from the blue strikes with a cry of ‘Eureka’, you know you’ve tangled with Promethean energies.
The Sun in opposition (from Gemini in your case) is not always the strongest month in one’s year, but when it’s accompanied by Venus, as in June, then the world becomes a more charming place. You can bury the hatchet with those with whom you are on the outs, air kiss glamorous strangers, and be provoked by a fashion parade or a painting.
In short, it’s all to play for, with a new Moon on June 3 to help you on your way and a full Moon on June 17 in your skies alongside ruler Jupiter, making the weekend of the 15th one to get on a roll. A complicating factor comes from Neptune, currently strong in the depths of your horoscope, at best adding lustre to your family life (including ancestors), at worst fogging your skies with disinformation and downright dishonesty.
The stormier aspects of the planetary picture are mercifully oblique for the Centaur, the month’s Saturn-Mars opposition laying across your financial axis, both ready cash and joint arrangements. With eclipses forthcoming here (and a Mercury retrograde), the best plan is to ensure that is fiscally shipshape before the solstice and thereafter to monitor events – sometimes it’s better to do nothing, as long as you are informed.
You may have to wait until the season of fiery Leo arrives before full order is restored, meanwhile enjoy June.
It’s halfway through your personal year – six months before and after your birthday. Consider progress in 2019 and decide what you want to have achieved by year’s end. Ruler Saturn in your sign is your lodestone, and by December the ringed planet will be back where it is now (at 20 degrees Cap, fact fans), and you will; be poised to take another decisive step into the future in 2020, that most Capricorn of years.
In June Saturn gets a bumpy ride thanks to warrior Mars in opposition – exact on the 17th, a heavy week for you – a transit that also zaps your birthday Sun, both likely to bring flak from a significant other, whether your partner, ex or sworn foe. Your usual line of defence – stonewall – should work but given that Cancer is hosting a pair of eclipses in July, the issues could be bigger than a spat. People frequently make wholesale changes under Saturn, and you should take events this midsummer seriously. Given Capricorn’s cautious nature you’ll want to plan in advance; six months should be enough.
Any chance of moonlight, love and romance? Mars in opposition isn’t that way inclined. Venus in Taurus until June 9 is wildly in favour. Then there is planet Prometheus, also lurking in the Bull and with Christmas birthdays most in its sights. Here’s a planet that can turn your life upside down and not need six months to do it. All you have to do is face the music and dance.
When it comes to personal relations, your sign has a reputation for being somewhat chilly, as a little remote from those things called emotions that so exercise the rest of the zodiac. However, June is all set up for passion, whether the heavy breathing romantic sort or for a proud display of your talents. Your fellow air sign Gemini is lit up by the Sun and Venus, a cue to get the heck out of the house and engage with fellow human beings/kindred aliens (delete as appropriate).
Alternately you can throw yourself into painting a new canvas, dashing off a volume of poetry or winning a final in your sport of choice. As long as you are projecting yourself onto a bigger stage, you’re in accord with your stars.
The infrastructure and wellbeing routine that allows you time for personal pursuits may present you with glitches. Mars encourages an all-out attack on an untidy study or back-dated paperwork, but the red planet runs into heavy traffic at mid-month (opposing ruler Saturn); watch out for summer colds and the like.
In general, however, you are at one side of the month’s more problematic aspects. An exception is maverick Prometheus, newly installed near the root of your ‘scope and with January birthdays particularly in its sights. Any exciting ideas about reinventing your career (or even your home) should be respected, though acting upon them is best done either in the first few weeks of June or in August, by which time July’s Mercury retrograde will be out the way. Oh, and there’s Neptune in your cash zone – don’t get dipped, read the small print.
Obviously, you are multi-tasking like crazy and juggling a dozen different projects, but to what ends? Pisceans can be admirably diffuse but even you, no especially you, need boundaries. Your astrologer mentions this because Neptune is sitting stationary in the middle of your skies, Neptune, planet of all and everything; movies, dance, ether, oil, crime and the religious life, the list goes on. Neptune inclines to the visionary rather than the practical, great ideas that never come to being.
Focus, then, on what’s possible rather than desirable. Fortunately, Neptune’s vagueness is tempered by planets in Capricorn and Cancer, an axis which provides the month’s drama. Cancer, a kindred water sign, has prime spot in your solar ‘scope as the place you create, show off, party, and win honours. Mars there in June is all for razzmatazz and enjoyment, though the red planet’s clashes with Saturn at mid-month call for maximum diplomacy among friends and lovers. It may be an argument between your friends rather than a scrap of your own. Unlike Neptune, Saturn likes boundaries; you may have to spell them out if you are not to be rolled over. In all events, this is a month to keep peace in the valley.
Back to the first part of June, when the merry season of Gemini rules and sounds the call to domestic duty. The full Moon of June 17 arrives next to your traditional ruler Jupiter on the roof of your chart, the place where you put your name in lights. Jupiter is currently in retreat and going over professional ground from earlier in the year but returns to lead you to glory in autumn, but this full Moon promises a chance to get some airtime, some profile.
Romance? Mars and the Sun are all in favour. Might as well be upfront about what you have in mind.
Take your pleasures where you find them. Venus in Gemini from June 9 should find you wandering through the ‘hood glad-handing pals and mwaa-ing with the best of them. With the new Moon in the Twins (June 3) and a full Moon in fiery Sagittarius at the 17th, your social life deserves all the time you can spare.
Better that than fret professionally, where there are rumbles of thunder overhead. Nothing too alarming – Saturn is in retreat and the pressure pertaining around your birthday has eased. However, your hot-blooded ruler, Mars, opposes Saturn in June – and squares your Aries Sun – a recipe for aggravation, with the world of bosses likely involved. Play a straight bat and avoid entanglements; the forthcoming parade of planets in Cancer during June, complete with a retrograde Mercury, means delay and obfuscation are your friends. Let the clouds roll past.
Home and security – the business of Cancer and your fourth solar house – are under emphasis this month and next. Mend the roof while the sun shines. Endure the builders if necessary.
Other ongoing strands in your ‘scope include Jupiter, currently in retreat but still splendidly sited in fiery Sagittarius and as summer wears on more forceful in your outlook; think international (and act local natch). Neptune is also prominent this month, sited, for Rams, in the zone of mind-body-spirit; a moment to reconnect with your personal path.
It’s a little early in the year to be talking of harvests, but your birthday month should have seen you pick up some approbations after the long haul of Saturn over the last eighteen months. Saturn in a fellow earth sign rewards the effort you put in for the long haul.
In June, Saturn, now in retreat, is buffeted by warrior Mars, a contrary to-do but one you can use to your advantage. Planets in Cancer mean deals are there to be made, abrasive characters can be won over, deceitful types sniffed out, long lost cousins relocated. The major caveat is that you get a move on as a retrograde of Mercury snaps in early next month. Clear the desk before the solstice.
Ruler Venus in your skies for the first none days of June likewise obliges you to enjoy life in the here and now, especially when romance is in the air. For the rest of June Venus is active in the zone of cash and assets, along with a new Moon, a full Moon and the Sun. All good here providing you are watching the cashflow. You’ll be wanting to spend as well as acquire. The full Moon of the 17th helps bring clarity to finances, especially those that you share with your main squeeze or ex. Here, it could be time for an overhaul of who pays for what.
There have been several articles in newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic reporting a surge in the popularity of astrology among the young. ‘The most unlikely hipster trend to date,’ reckons the UK Times while The New York Times claims that astrology ‘has shed its psychedelic stigma for modern Instagrammy witch vibes’ (whatever that means), going on to detail silicon valley’s interest in astrology apps and the money that is pouring into a 2 billion dollar ‘mystical services’ market.
The Sanctuary app, for example (launched March 20 this year) is described as ‘an Uber for astrological readings’, and besides free daily forecasts offers upgrades at $19.99 a month or $199 a year that allow you one-to-one chat with a real-life astrologer. Another app, Co-Star, which has been downloaded 3 million times, is free, but if you want to compare your chart with that of a non-member you pay $2.99. Co-Star claims it ‘allows irrationality to invade our techno-rationalist ways of living’ with ‘hyper-personalised astrology”.
Naturally your astrologer wishes these enterprises well, although searching their sites suggests the hype is some way ahead of the substance. There are, after all, scores of sites that will already deliver you a free natal chart, daily ‘scopes, weekly ‘scopes, monthly ‘scopes, astro-commentary on current events and more. What is different is the technology – we live in appy days – and the focus on the millennial generation. And when you strip those away what you are left with is the same old astrology, give or take an asteroid or two. It may be ‘hyper personalised’ (whatever that means), but you are nonetheless left with assessing what Mars in opposition might mean for Sagittarians, and there are already lots of us willing to suggest an answer.
May’s horoscopes feature exactly that conundrum, among others. The planetary picture in the season of May is centred on earth and water signs – slow down, enjoy the flowers, assess your finances – although the month of Gemini, starting on May 21, offers a racier scenario. Before then comes a fertile new Moon in Taurus on May 4, and a drama-prone full Moon in Scorpio on the weekend of May 18.
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Happy to stay on cruise control, or looking for adventure? Your birthday stars offer you options – well, most of you, Bulls born around April 21-27 may find their hand forced over coming months (if not already), though not necessarily in a bad way. An offer you can’t refuse or a passion you must requite both come under the aegis of planet Prometheus, which has just begun its long, seven year haul through your skies. The astrological Bull is not easily moved, however, making the main requirement to stay open to the idea of change; a litany of ‘Yes but…’ responses to difficult circumstances and other people’s suggestions leads nowhere but to the existing status quo.
The same-old same-old, of course, may suit many Taureans just fine. You can trot along at a merry pace, especially after the new Moon of May 4, and while messenger Mercury speeds through skies between May 7 and May 21. The arrival of your totem planet, fair Venus, on May 16 (until June 9), signals a perfect time for all Taurean passions, be they cream cakes, economic summits, falling in love afresh (even with your main squeeze) or touring a few art galleries.
For those looking for exploration and excitement, the 8th and the 18th, when Mercury and Venus respectively pass Prometheus, are dates with which to conjure, especially as the full Moon is also in play over the weekend of the 18th, a promising recipe for a liaison dangereuse (or a monster showdown with you know who). A few days before, the Taurus sun aligns with Saturn and Pluto in your fellow earth sign of Capricorn. That pair of planets recently went into (apparent) reverse, making this a good time to assess your dealings with property, profession, elders and other weighty issues. In between birthday parties, cakes and high jinks, do some long term planning, ready for Saturn’s return to action in autumn.
In the last couple of says ruler Venus aligns sweetly with Neptune, a fleeting aspect that’s perfect for making music, getting soppy or getting tipsy. Happy birthday.
The social whirl, dashing around looking up old and new chums, a blitz of texts, the desire to eke out every scrap of experience from each day…that part of your horoscope, much in evidence recently, gradually subsides in the early part of May, ready to be revived come your birthday month, which starts promptly on May 21st, when the Sun reaches your skies alongside ruler Mercury.
Until then, however, the Sun is in Taurus and somewhat behind the scenes with the accompanying lunation – new Moon on May 4, full Moon on May 18 – likewise emphasising the hidden parts of your personal agenda. A little down-time, self-examination and planning are all in order.
Not too much navel-gazing, however! Venus continues to navigate the networking sector of your ‘scope, and to elide the border between friendship and romance for those of you attuned to such things. More pertinent still is the bi-annual transit of Mars through your skies until May 15. As pointed out last month, Mars equals energy, but of an indiscriminate sort. Apply finesse when driving or handling machinery, apply even more finesse when dealing with significant (or even random) others. Hot-headed Mars opposite swaggering Jupiter make the weekend of May 4-6 a potentially stormy few days. What you are looking for is bold alliances built on shared ideals, not daggers-drawn encounters.
The few days between Mars’ exit and the Sun’s arrival are (depending on whether your personal birth chart has planets in Taurus) the most down-timey of the month. Best not be tardy about celebrating your birthday month – multiple parties are quite in order! – as ruler Mercury sprints through your sign and is gone by June 5. Even without a party you need to do your Twins’ trick of bi-location, treading lightly over the last two days of May, when Mercury opposes Jupiter (big ideas, big arguments, close encounters). Enjoy it all, you’re on a roll!
You remain on high profile alert both in your professional life and in the more informal world of networking. Pose, charm, flirt, flatter, dash between get-togethers and enjoy yourself, even if you are currently skint and obliged to show up in the rags you bought from the charity shop two seasons back. Affluence gets easier to find as the spring and summer proceed, now that Saturn in opposition has eased its grip until autumn.
The big questions Saturn, along with Pluto, have been posing you these last fifteen months – property, profession, the old folks at home, how to pay the dentist’s bill – are not about to vanish, but you have a respite over the summer in which to come up with solutions. With a little luck you can postpone them until your birthday (when you really do need a long term plan!).
May, with planets in Aries and Taurus, is for the most part wildly outgoing, with especially favourable dates between the 6th and 10th, and 17th -18th, the latter a full Moon weekend with Luna, your ruler, rampant in the party zone of your ‘scope – a sure signal to leave the house!
Plus, and it’s no small addition, Mars arrives in your skies on May 16th for its bi-annual, six week stay to fire you up and in the mood to contest. No need to get oppositional this month, however – Mars makes easy and helpful aspects to the planetary action in Taurus, where the newly installed planet Prometheus is keen to introduce you to folks outside your normal circle. Stay open. Relations with existing partners and significant others enter a more testing phase next month when Mars opposes Saturn and Pluto and if you’re unsure about a current partnership, push likely comes to shove. Meanwhile, enjoy the oddballs and provocateurs that roll down the highway.
Some apparently intractable problems can now be put on hold, thanks to Saturn and Pluto turning to reverse mode, but don’t imagine they have therefore vanished. Property and the tangle of obligations you have acquired in respect of debt, mortgages, insurance, alimony etc – not to mention moneys owing to you from ex’s and other flakes – remain problems to face. Your birthday month looks helpful in that regard, but postpone solutions no longer than that.
The planetary action in May is of a different order, highlighting firstly your professional profile, and how you can talk, charm and bluff your way into greater regard. The new Moon of May 4 and accompanying planets near the peak of your solar ‘scope are helpful but call for active input from yourself, including ownership of your CV and its accompanying narrative. Bigging up your story – no false modesty required, you’re good at it – is one of this spring’s demands.
What’s new is the presence of planet Prometheus at the peak of your ‘scope, promising some changes in the hierarchy at work – here’s the new boss, not quite the same as the old boss – and plenty of churn among your fellow wage-slaves. Engage willingly in the process.
Mercury and Venus meeting Prometheus on the 8th and 18th respectively are both dates when your professional life can take an unexpected turn. The weekend of the 11th, when the Moon is passing through Leo’s skies, may turn up a surprise on a more personal level.
The month of Gemini, starting on May 21, is invariably a fillip for the Lion – air to feed your fires, and this year your Sun ruler arrives in the Twins with Mercury alongside to speed up your business affairs. If you are a political animal – small or large ‘p’ – then you are in business. Canvass away.
Jupiter, the presidential planet, remains gloriously sited in the zone of creativity, courtship and self-aggrandisement (playful showing off if you prefer). The giant planet is in retreat until your birthday, but still works in your favour; August birthdays (especially the 12th) take note.
Ideally, you are currently on point on all fronts, fighting your professional cause in the big bad world, basking in a rewarding love life, casting your mind into new and stimulating interests and digging out extra funds from secret sources. This is pretty much the outlook for May, though even Virgos are not perfect all the time. Compromise may be necessary.
One reason the astrological palette is currently so varied is because your ruler – fussy, detailed Mercury – is now moving at top speed. The messenger planet arrives in your fellow earth sign Taurus on May 6, just after a new Moon there, and immediately encounters Prometheus, planet of surprise. Having your wits about you, remaining open to fresh interests and oddball newcomers is part of the story here, one repeated when Venus arrives in Taurus on May 15. It’s a good time to stretch your intellect and skills set, and to travel.
By May 21 Mercury has reached the peak of your chart and enters Gemini – your zone of fame (and infamy!) – alongside the Sun. Mars has been here for the past month, obliging some of you to do battle in the workplace and otherwise pump energy into maintaining your reputation as achiever. Now Mercury and the Sun ask you to do much the same, a demand repeated next month. Business as usual, then.
Mars’ shift into water sign Cancer on May 16 makes for a less combative atmosphere at work, however. The red planet’s new position is all for networking, mutual back-scratching, wheeling and dealing.
Any chance of basking in a rewarding love life? Neptune remains in opposition to promise as much, especially for birthdays circa September 10, but Neptune is a notoriously unreliable energy, sometimes spelling enchantment, sometimes deception. This spring many Virgos have had a taste of both (cast your mind back to March). A splendid but fleeting alignment between Venus and Neptune at the very end of May emphasises enchantment but do exercise Virgo caution.
Spring is often a juggling act for Librans, with assorted planets in opposition calling for you to refine relationships – the chance of a blunder is never far away – and for some, to decide who exactly it is you fancy. Or not. Mercury in opposition for the first week of May certainly suggests there is plenty of negotiating to do with significant others. More pressingly, Venus in opposition until May 15 pushes you to clarify your feelings, both to yourself and to other parties with whom you may be mixed up. Or with whom you would like to be mixed up. Maybe. Or simply to smooth things over between you and your main squeeze.
That a stationary Saturn is part of the picture adds weight to your considerations, notably around the 8th when it squares Venus and puts you on the back foot. A light touch is called for.
The season of Taurus also adds a little heft to your emotional situation. You share a ruling planet with the Bull, and with Venus in Taurus and conjunct wild-card Prometheus at the full Moon of the 18th, an unusually lively (perhaps torrid) weekend is on the cards.
For light relief comes your fellow air sign Gemini. Mars is in the Twins until May 15, encouraging travel and curiosity (nosiness even), while the Sun’s move into Gemini alongside Mercury on the 21stb likewise speeds your progress, especially that of any creative or educational projects on your agenda.
Mars moving across the roof of your ‘scope in the latter half of the month may prove a nuisance, especially for September birthdays, with the workplace the most likely place for a Martian spat. Nothing you can’t handle of course, but don’t let disputes escalate. Keep your Sales in balance.
Bing Bong Bing Bong…Those are the chimes sounding the halfway point in your personal year, six months since and before your birthday, a time when the Sun and other planets are in opposition and your annual Scorpio full Moon arrives. This year, as we shall see, it comes supercharged.
Planets in opposition represent other people, or rather, your relationship with them, and the new Moon on May 4 is a fine point for a make-over of an existing partnership or a brand new one arriving over the horizon, especially if you were born circa October 27. It’s followed by Mercury (on May 7) and Venus (on May 15), both of which may put you on the backfoot, either because significant others get pushy or because you find yourself enthralled by someone. The scenarios surrounding planet Prometheus in opposition were explored last month. Suffice to say it’s a planet that springs surprises, in terms of both giddy new encounters and overdue endings.
The full Moon in your skies over the weekend of the 17th and 18th may prove a case in point, with Venus conjunct the Sun adding a frisson of romantic excitement. Find a party, perhaps find a lover. Venus in opposition until early June should keep you busy thereafter, whether pursuing pleasure or burying the hatchet with anyone you have upset in the past.
Gemini, where your Mars ruler stays until May 15, is also a place of passion in your solar ‘scope, and a place where you can regenerate your physical and spiritual energies, and with the Sun taking over here from Mars on the 21st, a preoccupation with your personal life is appropriate and hopefully rewarding. Mars moves onto your fellow water sign Cancer in the second half of May and will be here throughout June, during which time your attention promises to be drawn steadily outward from the personal into the impersonal world.
May’s stars present you with a mixed bag. The season of slow, earthy Taurus, which dominates, isn’t the Centaur’s thing and in your solar ‘scope corresponds with the zone of sensible routine and goody-two-shoes behaviour – you can do both, of course, and this month must (an element of drudgery seems unavoidable), but it isn’t the stuff to set your pulses racing.
Mars in opposition, however, can do just that. The red planet is midway through its six weeks in opposition from Gemini so expect more of April’s action in the first half of May; a mixture of provocation and irritability from partners and close chums, plus the odd thrilling encounter with a passing warrior (of whatever gender). A full-on fight with an enemy of choice is another option.
You have more action from both of these signs in the month ahead, but first consider fellow fire sign Aries, where the presence of fair Venus until May 15 continues to favour your most creative, romance-stricken and fun-loving tendencies. Favoured dates include May 9 and 10, when Venus and Jupiter (still in your skies remember), align to make whoopee.
Things spark up again once the mighty Sun moves into your complimentary sign of Gemini on May 21st, with Mercury alongside. This is an annual event so you should by now what to expect: a bit of an energy drop, plus the need to co-operate with partners of all stripes – spouse, friends, business associates – to forge effective alliances. The Centaur’s go-it-alone tendencies are not best favoured. Listen hard to what others are articulating; Mercury in Gemini is a potent, if at times maddening voice.
Your professional life remains on cruise control (frustratingly, with Saturn static in your cash zone, so does the income therefrom) while the interminable crawl of Neptune through your fourth house of home and hearth is unlikely to solve any domestic fuddles for most of you, though birthdays circa December 10 may get some traction next month, when the Neptune’s foggy energies square op to your Jupiter ruler.
At this point in the year, much depends on your birthday; those of you born between December 10 and 15 have two of the solar system’s most demanding planets to contend with – Saturn and Pluto both in your sign – and while their retrograde phase over the summer eases pressure and allows you to tussle with the demands and experiences they have ushered in this year, you may currently need all your legendary Mountain Goat fortitude.
On the other hand, here’s the season of Taurus, a fellow earth sign, and a time when your heart should be singing with joy at the fertility and splendour of spring. The new Moon of May 4 is a boon for you all, though especially for January 5 birthdays, while the arrival of Mercury and Venus in the Bull – on May 7 and 15 respectively – lightens the mood and should transform the flintiest Mountain Goat into the sensuous, fish-tailed Sea Goat.
As noted in the last two months’ forecasts, the maverick element in the mix this year is planet Prometheus – awakener of unfulfilled desires, illuminator of unsuspected truths – which has a prominent part to play in May, not least around the full Moon of the 18th, when said planet is conjoined by Venus (Christmas birthdays take note). Luna in your skies – May 21-23 – is almost equally rosy.
The shift of warrior Mars into your opposite but complementary sign of Cancer on May 16 is another livener, at best bringing zest into your partnerships, and encouraging you to dump relationships that have outworn their purpose, at worst making enemies of pals and partners, and turning enmities into savage feuds. Tread lightly around people with whom you disagree, right through to the end of June.
Your sign is an often a contradictory mixture of conservatism and eccentricity, stubbornness and bravado, scientific orthodoxy and artistic daring. Just now it’s the more adventurous side of the Aquarian character that is being called upon. Planets in fiery Aries and fellow air sign Gemini favour the artists and romantics among you and promise a busy month on the social front. For the Urn Bearer, Aries, where Mercury and Venus remain until the 7th and 15th respectively, is about communication, skills and education (whether as student or teacher) and also about your immediate friendship circle. These are transits that offer solutions rather than pose problems.
Gemini, where red-blooded Mars stays until May 16, isn’t about self-display as much as anything, accessing your inner Leo (all Aquarians have this beast) and going flat out in pursuit of any creative goal, romantic quarry or sporting triumph. All are subjects that come under further emphasis after May 21, when the Sun arrives in this zone alongside Mercury; move quickly and fearlessly!
In-between times there is the season of Taurus to contend with. Taurus represents home and hearth in your solar ‘scope, and with the maverick planet Prometheus now lodged here, you may find yourself being given a none too subtle nudge to relocate, change flatmates, and restructure your domestic set up, especially if you are a January birthday. Part of the..
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